Rib-iculously Fun Weekend
This year’s version of Kemptville Ribfest hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds Grenville had something for everyone. From a mini petting zoo and pony rides courtesy of Big Sky Ranch, to the rock climbing wall, there were lots of activities for children of all ages. As usual, the music was excellent with thirteen bands performing a blend of country (from bands like Absolute Country), rock and roll (from local favourites Age of Wisdom) and even some 50’s & 60’s doo-wop courtesy of legends Eddie and the Stingrays. Many people gathered around the stage could be seen singing, dancing and tapping their toes.
If you’re a fan of ribs, this weekend would have been heaven for you. Four award winning rib-masters were there to satisfy your craving for ribs and there were even unsubstantiated sightings of people eating chicken as well. I imagine it would have been nearly impossible to choose a winner with all of that BBQ goodness. Of course there was the typical beer tent area for those seeking refreshments of a more adult nature. Along the main strip of vendors you could also find french fries, hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers and various other fried foods. For those with a sweet tooth, there were all sorts of other delicious treats including local business ‘Old Town Treats’ showing off their wide selection of candy and fudge. Clothing, jewellery and other collectible items were also available for knick knack connoisseurs all along the main strip.
The rib-eating contest is usually one of the highlights of the weekend. However, this year it was rained out on Friday night and had to be moved to Saturday night. As well, the defending champions from last year, Mayor Gordon and his municipal team, were nowhere to be found. So this year there would be a new championship team crowned. The team from the Kemptville Youth Centre made up of captain Matt Burley, Wally Corbett, John Barclay and Deron Johnston easily out-classed a field made up of teams from Tallman Truck Centre, Staples, Jonssons Your Independent Grocer and a few teams from Kemptville Minor Football Club with both players and parents making up teams. The grand prize of $200 cash (generously donated by Tallman Truck Centre) will be donated to the Kemptville Youth Centre courtesy of their winning team. Seeing that he didn’t return the trophy yet, the winning team expects Mayor Gordon to bring the championship trophy down to the Kemptville Youth Centre, so that it can be displayed in its rightful place.
The real highlight of the weekend happened just before the rib eating contest on Saturday. Jane Fullerton, the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds Grenville went up on stage and received a generous donation of school supplies on behalf of Staples. Right after that, Steve Jonsson of ‘Jonssons Your Independent Grocer’ stepped up to the microphone and very generously presented Jane with a cheque for $4 000. Jane graciously accepted the cheque and told the hundreds of people gathered to watch that Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Leeds Grenville would use that money to provide nutrition for kids in after school programs in Leeds Grenville.
All in all, Kemptville Ribfest was a resounding success. Sincerest thanks to: the people who came, the vendors, the musicians, the sponsors and all of the volunteers that made such a great event possible. Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Leeds Grenville is a fantastic organization that helps many children throughout Leeds Grenville and they can only do that because of all of your support.